Tremendous Tirades: WWE NXT Takeover 2014
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.29.2014
NXT delivers once again…
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
WWE NXT Takeover 2014
Adam Rose defeated Camacho (5:00): I wasn't sure about this as the opening match. The crowd is obviously behind the Rose gimmick, which helped, but I was thinking that they would go with Zayn vs. Breeze. Anyway, I liked that Rose and the party crew made their entrance from outside of the NXT arena, which made their entrance a bigger party than usual. This was, I suppose, the big blow off to the feud that they have been having on NXT TV. It was just a match. It wasn't bad and the crowd loves Rose, but it was lacking in intensity, especially from Camacho. The dude has a great look, but every time I see him I feel that he is missing something. The highlight of the match was the entrance of Rose, I was hoping for more form this. Match/Segment Rating: **
#1 Contender's Match: Tyler Breeze defeated Sami Zayn (18:00): I think that this is a very important match. Sami Zayn is awesome and getting a ton of praise, and if you listen to Triple H and interviews with others WWE knows exactly what they have with him. Tyler Breeze is playing his gimmick well, and seems to have some people excited. But I haven't seen a ton of his in ring work. Breeze is a completely unproven commodity and has to have a good performance here. But if he has a bad match with a guy like Zayn, that would be a disaster for him. Well this was a big test passed for Breeze. This was a great match, good pacing and some great near falls down the line. Zayn plays the underdog very well, and knows how to work a match and work to his opponent's strengths. Breeze showed a lot here, and overall this ended up way better than I imagined, and that was because I just didn't know what to expect from Breeze. There was one rocky spot towards the end, but they worked through it and recovered very well when others would have panicked. The finish was good, as it protects Zayn (you can tease that it was an intentional low blow he way they did it) but it was clean enough that Breeze comes away looking stronger because it wasn't a fluke. Breeze needed the win, but more importantly needed this performance. This was fantastic. Match/Segment Rating: ****
Bret talks with Natalya and Tyson Kidd backstage.
Lana looked sexy, Rusev killed Mojo, and everything was right in the world.
Paige and her jeans cut a promo about the NXT Title being a way to get to the WWE Divas Title. She also thanked the NXT fans.
Vacated NXT Women's Title Match: Charlotte w/Ric Flair defeated Natalya w/Bret Hart (17:00): Much like Zayn vs. Breeze, this is an important match for Charlotte. She has the pedigree, and the athletic background; but could she put it together on a bigger stage with a veteran? Also, I have rallied in support of women's wrestling for years. I am an advocate for it and feel that it can be a great part of a company. Emma and Paige at Arrival was very good, it was booked well, they had hype and they made it feel important. It was a breath of fresh air in the "WWE Universe" as they call it. Well, this was even better. This, this was designed to feel important and to be a star making performance for Charlotte, and I think that they did that here. They had a hot crowd, Charlotte worked hard, they created drama, I loved the mat work/grappling they did and this felt like the most important WWE Women's match since… shit I don't know since when that's how long it's been. I loved this, just damn fine work from both, they took you on a journey and at the end went a long way to make Charlotte appear to be the next big women's star. They put it over the top when they had Natalya give Charlotte the endorsement, along with Bret and Ric showing respect for each other as well as the raw emotion of Ric as he saw his daughter have her first breakthrough moment in wrestling. I have said time and time again, it's not that WWE can't do women's wrestling right, it's that they chose NOT TO do women's wrestling right. This was great, this felt so awesome watching it, and now they need to transition this to the main roster. And do NOT tell me with SEVEN HOURS OF PROGRAMMING (Raw – 3, Smackdown – 2, Main Event – 1, Superstars - 1) that they cannot do it. I said the same thing with Paige vs. Emma, and this just supports that thought process even more. Charlotte stepped up big time, Natalya did what she was supposed to do and it worked. This was also fantastic. Match/Segment Rating: ****
Unlike Natalya, Kidd offered no sign of respect for Neville. He declined the handshake and shoulder bumped him on the way out. Dick.
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First of all, I want to give respect to the NXT announce team. They once again did a great job, and prove that you cal "tell stories" while putting over the performers in the ring and explaining what moves are, and what they do (Regal is especially great). This is once again an amazing contrast to the main WWE product.
The show started a bit slow for me, Rose is fun but the match was just a match. The tag title match was an extended squash with a poor layout in the fact that Kalisto got no shine. But then Zayn vs. Breeze and Charlotte vs. Natalya happened and rocked faces, and everything was right in the world. Zayn vs. Breeze and Charlotte vs. Natalya are the things you'll take away from this show as being the most impressed with. Not only were they great wrestling matches, but they also did a ton to get Breeze and Charlotte to a new level. That is something vital for the NXT brand to accomplish. NXT specials have officially filled a void that the old Clash of the Champions shows once occupied for me as a fan, these have been great events.
Again, Zayn vs. Breeze and Charlotte vs. Natalya are must see, but the show overall is worth the watch. I liked it "a little more" than Arrival, but the company has to be pleased with both events.
Show Rating: 8.1
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